Dandruff is a very common problem and no matter how mild or severe the case is, it’s a total eyesore. With the winters almost here you must be hoarding anti-dandruff shampoos in your closet to fight off the flaky, itchy and distressing dandruff. But wait! Wouldn’t it be much better if you could tackle this problem naturally without having to spend money on expensive treatments and still getting quite impressive results?
Well Hell yes! right? Let’s find out what natural treatments are there that’ll kick the problem out without damaging your hair and scalp.
Natural Ways to Cure Dandruff
The Correct Way to Shampoo
What’s better than washing away the flakes from your scalp? You can make your own anti-dandruff shampoo or even use a mild dandruff fighting herbal shampoo.
Apply the shampoo all over you scalp and hair and massage in well. Let the shampoo stay for at least 3-4 minutes, this enables the active ingredients to penetrate the scalp and start working. Wash off thoroughly and always apply again. Remember to lather well and take care to rinse well else the shampoo residues would adhere to the scalp skin and cause infections.
Hot Oil and Turban Therapy
Dandruff is nothing but dead skin cells. In most cases a dry scalp causes this embarrassing problem. Try out this hot oil therapy. All you need to do is heat up some oil. You can use olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil. Olive oil is the best for this purpose though. These oils are moisturizing agents that can penetrate deep into the scalp, nourish and moisturize it.
Do not heat the oil too much. Apply the oil on the scalp and hair using your finger tips. Massage in circular motions for some time. Prepare some hot water and dip a towel in it. Wring excess water from the towel and wrap it around your head. This is called the turban therapy and helps the oil to penetrate and work. Keep for about an hour and wash off with some mild shampoo.
Use Vinegar to Banish Dandruff
Shampoo your hair well with a herbal shampoo. Add some vinegar to a mug of water and use it to rinse your hair and scalp. Let the vinegar-water drip on its own, do not wash with water again. Dry your hair as usual. This removes dandruff problems and brings a glossy shine to your hair. You can apply some vinegar directly onto your scalp before a bath. Let the vinegar remain for 5 minutes and then shampoo as usual.
Beetroot Juice Remedy
This particular remedy is excellent for it works magically in treating severe dandruff problems. I suggest you use white beetroots for this purpose because the red ones may stain your clothes and pillow cases. Chop two medium sized beetroots in some water till the water turns purplish.
Bring it to a boil and then turn off the heat. Let the liquid cool and then sieve. Rub some of this liquid onto your scalp before going to bed. Cover with a shower cap. Wash off in the morning. The liquid maybe stored in an airtight container. This should be done every night for about three weeks.
Curd Remedies for Fast Results
Curd is an excellent dandruff fighting agent. Massage your scalp with some fresh curd and let it dry before washing off. You can also combine 2 tablespoons of gram flour and 4 tablespoons of curd and massage your scalp with this mixture. Let the mixture dry and then shampoo with a herbal shampoo.
Lemon- the Best Bet
Lemon has always worked efficiently when used against the itchy flakes on the head. There are several ways of using some fresh lemon juice. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice directly onto your scalp and rub it in. Let it remain for about 3-5 minutes and wash off with water.
You can also combine 2 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 cups of water. Use this mix daily as a hair rinse. Your dandruff will disappear in no time at all, leaving you with a shiny and healthy crowning glory.
Baking Soda Removes Visible Flakes
Very few people are aware of the wonderful properties of the humble baking soda. It can banish the ugly flakes from the scalp as well as the ones clinging to the hair. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a good herbal shampoo. Mix well till the soda dissolves and then shampoo as usual. Wash off with cold water.
Neem is a very popular home remedy for dandruff and scalp infections. Neem has bactericidal properties and cleanses the scalp. Your flakes will be gone before you even know it. Pluck a handful of need leaves and make a paste. You can use the powdered variety in case fresh leaves are not available.Apply this smooth paste on your scalp taking care to cover the entire scalp. Leave it to dry. Wash off thoroughly under running water and use a herbal shampoo.
Onion too can help you fight against this problem. Apply some fresh onion juice on your scalp and then wash off after 20 minutes. Onion may leave an unpleasant odor so mix a few drops of lemon juice before application.
Aloe vera gel repairs damaged scalp, restores lost moisture and removes dandruff flakes. Cut open an aloe stem and extract the fresh gel. Apply this gel on your scalp and leave it on to dry. Wash off with water.
Soak about 2 teaspoons of fenugreek leaves overnight. Prepare a paste with the seeds and add some coconut oil to it. You may use other hair oils too. Apply this on your hair and scalp. Leave for at least 2 hours before washing off.
Control the Mind
In many cases, dandruff is a result of stress and this is supported by scientific evidences too. Try to relax whenever you can. You may indulge in some meditation or yoga regularly to keep stress at bay.
Control Your Diet
It has been noticed that dandruff can arise from a faulty diet. Make sure to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your scalp and hair healthy from within. Stay away from aerated beverages, alcohol and caffeine laden drinks.